Question/Problem: Are you having problems with character encodings?
Answer/Fix: Try using Unicode/UTF-8.
Localized characters doesn't display correctly in irssi, nano etc (they are replaced with question marks, squares or something similar.)
Write this command at the shell prompt (you don't need to do this if you already choose UTF-8 in the shell setup):
echo 'export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"' >> ~/.profile
Next time you log in your shell will be in unicode.
For irssi, see FAQ/IrssiCharset.
Problem #2 - Webpages
Characters in webpages doesn't display correctly.
Save the webpages in UTF-8 from your text-editor. Then create a new file named .htaccess in the same directory as your webpages (public_html) with the following content: